If you’re ever in the Los Angeles/Southern California area, it is worth your time to make a stop in Culver City, a medium-sized town located between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. Full of walkable streets and unique, delicious restaurants, Culver City is easy on the eyes and stomach. However, if you only have time for one stop while you’re in town, I would stop at Culver Hotel.
Many people know the tourist attractions of Southern California: Disneyland, Universal, and Santa Monica Pier, among others. To get away from the crowds and experience some history, have a seat in Culver Hotel’s lobby. You do not always have to be staying at a hotel in order to lounge around in their lobby, and Culver Hotel is no exception.
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a host or hostess and seated in one of the many comfy couches, lounge-worthy chairs, or larger wooden tables. The hotel accommodates many different kinds of travelers and visitors, from locals who want a coffee to locals on a Friday night date; from families with kids to couples looking to retreat from everyday stress. Therefore, no matter your traveling tastes and goals, you will soon feel at home in the Culver Hotel lobby. Even as nice as the lobby seating is, the outside seating easily competes. Because we’re talking about sunny California, the outside seating is often open to allow you to enjoy the 65 degree-weather and bask in the sunlight.
As far as food and drink go, the hotel offers many different options. From half-priced bar snacks and drinks during happy hour to full entrees, there is a lot to choose from. No matter the time of day, whether it’s a bustling weekend evening or a calm weekday afternoon, each and every member of the staff is happy to serve you and welcome visitors to the area. They even serve breakfast, offering many brunch items that will make your mouth water in anticipation.
As if this was not enough, the character the hotel immerses you in makes this experience even better. The hotel has been around since 1924, originally opened by the city’s founder. Needless to say, stepping into the hotel makes you feel instantly connected with the history of the entire city. The decor reflects this history in modern and beautiful way. They even host live jazz music every night of the week after 7:30pm and often add a classic movie, such as Casablanca or a Hitchcock film, projected silently onto one of the grand walls.
Check out the hotel’s website here, where you can learn more about the history of both the town and the hotel, consider upcoming events, and even reserve a table (or a room!).
Disclaimer: I do not own the image of the Culver Hotel.